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Housing sector’s contribution to recovery raised in parliamentary debate

Communities that Work welcomes the recognition of the housing sector’s role in recovery and of the Housing and Employment Taskforce in a House of Lords debate on the economic lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The recent wide-ranging debate by peers acknowledged the impact of the pandemic on lives and livelihoods . Lord Kerslake described the UK in his speech as now facing ‘an economic emergency’.

He said: “We can see the impact of the first emergency very clearly but the full impact of second is only just beginning to be felt. We can expect economic activity to fall sharply, unemployment to rise sharply and particular groups and places to be disproportionately affected…A major stimulus package will be essential to get the economy going again.”

Lord Kerslake focused on the contribution of the housing sector to economic recovery, citing Communities that Work and the setting up of the CV-19 Housing and Employment Taskforce, of which he is a member. He concluded with the Taskforce’s 4 key asks of government, including convening a ‘Cobra for Jobs’ , and supporting young people and preventing a ‘pandemic generation’ being created.

Thanks to Lord Kerslake for championing the role of the housing sector and work of the Taskforce at this critical time for the UK’s economy. Social landlords have a vital role to play in social and economic recovery in partnership with government and communities. Watch his speech (1.51) and the rest of the debate here. 


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